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    Default How have you improved over the years?

    A very kind comment from Dragonsreach in a recent thread, (cheers mate the cheques in the post), about how myself and 10 ball have come along since our first efforts made me think er yeah how have I come along? Indeed how have we all come along from our first offerings to cmon? So here is the first effort that graced the gallery of CMON from my fair hand and one of the latest to be posted. It would be cool to see how all you lot have come along as well. http://www.coolminiornot.com/289742 and now http://www.coolminiornot.com/335815
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    Ive already sent him the cheque Andy !

    April 2011 April 2013

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    1. 'Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life's journey.' W. Churchill
    Thank you for asking but I don't do commissions.

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    Thread closed. Haha.
    No, really - I'm not sure if it's fair to measure from when I started painting altogether, or just from when I returned a few years ago.
    At any rate, here's what I have:
    One of my first ever:

    My first submission here:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/280054
    My highest rated mini:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/329126
    Proud owner of a Cassar!

    #1378/9460
    You are ranked 1351 out of 9441 artists.



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    I can't find my first mini, but:
    - Tigurius (I really wanted to get it as good as possible): www.coolminiornot.com/125099
    - First mini I entered in a painting competition: http://www.coolminiornot.com/102167

    now:
    - http://www.coolminiornot.com/335887
    - http://www.coolminiornot.com/333111

    latest I paint(ed , still not finished)
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    I read what DR posted and could not agree more. It is so nice to see so many people improving with the help of their peers. Tryst is another that I think is improving with each figure (if I could just get him to pull out one of those Andrea pinups).

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    Milosh - you'd have to loan me one. I painted the only one I own haha
    Proud owner of a Cassar!

    #1378/9460
    You are ranked 1351 out of 9441 artists.



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    Overall, I feel I've improved in the... overall painting of my miniatures. Given my condition, it's very easy for me to spend hours on a tiny little part to make sure it's 100%.. but you do that over and over, you forget what the whole figure looks like. I also feel I've achieved an almost "sixth sense" when it come to blending and paint thinning. I can tell what will flow nice and what will be gummy by seeing how the paint dabs off on a paper towel. Unfortunately, I don't have any examples of my very first couple of tries at painting.. because they were horrid. I was using enamels at the time and had put like and inch of primer and sealer on them. I do have an example when I was about a year in:


    -Yeah, no idea where the top of this went.. more reason to pin your minis!

    And now, compare with one I did just a month ago:

    Pretty obvious some techniques sunk in, right? Of course, I am no where near happy with what I do. I always want to push myself further and do more projects. That's why currently I'm trying my hand at sculpting and though (again) I'm not content with the results, I've seen worse done by "professional" companies... I can't remember where it was, but some company was trying to do what looked like pottery based minis.. ick.. Anyhoo. I think I've grown a lot and I was sure glad to find like-minded people here at CMON for feedback!

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    Great idea!

    Here is my first entry http://www.coolminiornot.com/112831

    The piece that brought all my experiences so far together http://www.coolminiornot.com/310199

    I'VE ADDED WEBCAM LESSONS NOW TOO!
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    Instagram and FaceBook too

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    Mephiston is not bad Tommie, but every time I think of your best minis I see the NMM-Sanguinary guard and the "One Shot" before my eyes.

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    Its a debatable and opinion based subject choosing which is the 'better' piece.

    I chose Mephiston not because of my opinion on 'best' but the fact that this piece demonstrates
    the full range of abilities I have developed since joining CMON.

    T

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    AndyG and 10ball: wow! you do great work and the difference between "then" and "now" is astonishing.

    As for me...

    Then:



    Now:



    I'm pretty happy with my improvements
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    Default Have I improved .....hell yeah

    Hello there , it's been quite a while since I posted anything at all . Actually I was very despondent with my painting and some of the savage replies to my efforts that I didn't and wouldn't post at all . However I've improved a awful lot .
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    Great to see how you guys have improved
    Having the nuts to return after a confidence knock is respectful.

    T

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    Well we have proof positive that AndyG has improved, He's just picked up a Highly Commended Award at Euro-Militaire!Big smile on his face, today.
    I believe in Karma, what you give, is what you get returned. Affirmation; Savage Garden
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    Some people have some pretty darned good "then's"!

    Mine is a little different since I originally painted as a kid, but only recently returned to this hobby as an adult 20 years later.

    These were some of the last minis I painted as a kid. I was just starting to use these things called "washes" and "drybrushing". But some parts, like the skin were still painted completely flat.

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    And this is "now". It's the third mini I've been painting since returning to the hobby (still a WIP, though). Just having access to painting tutorials, feedback, etc, has made a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonsreach View Post
    Well we have proof positive that AndyG has improved, He's just picked up a Highly Commended Award at Euro-Militaire!Big smile on his face, today.
    Yeah Andy was the big sunshine yesterday
    well obviously i havent improving much lately hahah... yaya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shponglefan View Post
    Some people have some pretty darned good "then's"
    I got a blog of my first painted bits in my signature below.
    I put in the lessons I learned before I joined CMON in there as well as some in industry learnings

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    Wow some real improvements on peoples painting here! Looking at Tommies gives hope to us all we can say one day maybe be as good
    Victis hostibus tuis tibi rapitur videre et audire fletum mulierum. (or as near as google can do it!)
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    Here be my gallery http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/AndyG

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkelettetS View Post
    Yeah Andy was the big sunshine yesterday
    well obviously i havent improving much lately hahah... yaya.
    No not a lot of improvement, Silver, Bronze a couple of Highly Commendeds, just minor touches.

    Really you're just proving you Swedes .
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    Neat thread idea and very interesting to see how far people have come.

    If we're going real far back, here's a picture of something I painted 6 or 7 years ago.

    But my first post in the gallery was this guy, a little over a year and a half ago
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/295401

    My most recent post to the gallery, and I think my best so far, is this guy

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/335076

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